- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2015

The substance abuse prevention education program D.A.R.E. says it has not changed its stance against marijuana after it accidentally published a post supporting its legalization.

The post, titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was a letter to the editor published in The Columbus Dispatch on Monday. It argues that laws criminalizing marijuana make it more accessible to minors.

“I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal,” Carlis McDerment, a former deputy sheriff, argued in the letter. “The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to control.”

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D.A.R.E. has since removed the post from its website, but not before some outlets reported on the group’s apparent reversal in ideology, The Huffington Post reported.

On Tuesday, the group told Washington Post writer Christopher Ingraham that the post was a mistake and “we do not support legalization.”

Ron Brogan, D.A.R.E. regional director, told The Huffington Post on Friday that “a service we use put this post up in error” and “we have not changed our stance that we are opposed to marijuana legalization.”

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